NTC orders Smart, Globe to cut interconnection charges

20 Jul 2018

The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) in the Philippines has ordered Smart Communications and Globe Telecom to reduce interconnection charges for calls and text messages. Under the terms of NTC Memorandum Circular 05-07-2018, dated 19 July 2018, the companies have been instructed to lower SMS interconnection charges from PHP0.15 to PHP0.05 per text (USD0.0024 to USD0.0008), and from PHP2.50 to PHP0.50 per minute for mobile phone calls. The watchdog’s order – part of a drive to reduce the cost of mobile services to end users – will become effective 15 days after publication in the official government gazette; the telcos will have a maximum 20 days in which to introduce the new rates.